29 December, 2007

Screenwriters: stranger than fiction

LA Times:

"It isn't often that a screenwriter gets the kind of attention that "Juno" scribe Diablo Cody has received over the past few months. But then, most screenwriters haven't invented such an interesting story for themselves.

Born Brook Busey-Hunt, the much-lauded screenwriter studied creative writing in college, but later abandoned her job at an advertising agency to begin stripping -- under her new name -- and then blogged about it the moment she got off stage.

Thanks to the stripping gig, that saucy new stripper handle, and a suggestively titled blog, it wasn’t long before Busey-Hunt landed a book deal. And when she turned her hand to screenwriting (a Hollywood agent’s suggestion), her first script was quickly acquired.

Of course, Busey-Hunt is far from the first screenwriter to use an unusual self-mythology to get a script into the right hands, and to use that same story to get butts into seats when the film gets made.

Here are a few other screenwriters whose back stories have helped them land in the media’s harsh glare:

Featuring Steven Gaghan, David Benioff, Aaron Sorkin, Antwone Fisher, Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal, Melissa Mathison and Diablo Cody

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